Ever since I ran across this etsy shop by chance, I’ve been dying to learn more about Turkish embroidery. The work there is really beautiful (shockingly expensive, too). So I’ve been desperately ransacking the internet looking for information. I still haven’t found a good source of information on traditional stitches or colors (if you know of one, tell me!!!! I want to know!!!), but I kept running into mentions of ISMEK and tried investigating their website. ISMEK is an art and vocational center in Istanbul which provides classes on a lot of crafts, including embroidery. It also has a free downloads section that includes four incredibly stunning pattern books!
I was so excited about these gorgeous designs that I started on one this weekend (see the picture!). It’s not quite done yet, but will be soon. Isn’t it lovely? This one is from Desen Kitabi 4 (Pattern Book 4). You can find the other three lower on that page (Desen Kitabi 1, 2, and 3). If anyone reads Turkish, I really really want to know what the introduction says. I’m calling my work Turkish-esque embroidery since the colors and stitches are all my choice though the design is Turkish.
I tried to email ISMEK to thank them (somebody over there might speak English! and I included a Google Translate version in Turkish!) and see if they wanted to say anything more but all the emails bounced I put a message in their contact form, but no response. Oh well. I found their page for hand embroidery, but it had almost no additional information. Anybody have more information?!?! Anyway, ISMEK, I love you!!!!!